A Summer That’s Out of This World

Suveena Thanawala Food, podcast, Professional & Academic, Suveena, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Hey everyone! For the past two months, I’ve been keeping busy are in Los Angeles with being an intern and seeing more of the city. Currently, I’m an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I’m working on developing software for embedded devices. JPL is a really cool place to intern – there’s a huge focus on the learning process, …

A Day in my (Italian) Summer

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

Hey guys!! Spring semester ended about 10 weeks ago, but summer has already been absolutely crazy!! As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to spend the last eight weeks abroad, taking classes through the Viterbi Overseas Program. A friend and I flew in early and traveled around London and Amsterdam, then we proceeded to spend the next seven weeks …

Roaming Around Rome: My Summer Abroad in Italy!

Jose Hernandez Jose, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Ciao Ragazzi! This summer has absolutely flown by, and I can’t believe there’s only about a month we all head back to USC! I’ve just had the most amazing 7 weeks studying abroad in Rome, Italy! As you might already know, I had the opportunity to do this as one of 42 USC students participating in the Viterbi Summer Overseas …

Bamboo Research in China!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

Wow. Okay, this one is going to be hard to write. I feel like I could write a blog post about each individual day I spent in China, but hopefully I can sum up my trip in this one. This summer I got the pleasure of going to China to study bamboo as a structural and design material. This opportunity was thanks …

Navigating the Working World

Timothy Marino Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

Well, it’s been a busy summer.  Since making my way back home to Calgary in mid-May, I’ve been interning as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at a boutique investment company called AltaCorp Capital, Inc.  Despite the job’s focus being slightly different than that of my region of study, this opportunity has taught me a great deal about finance, and, given …

3rd Internship Summer, 2nd Chevron Internship, 1st Time in Houston

Sophie Chemical, Internship, Sophie, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Internships… they’re a pretty big deal if you’re looking for a full time job after you graduate. Viterbi does an awesome job of preparing you for the job hunt, and providing a wealth of opportunities to snag that dream internship. This summer is my third internship in college, and I’ve gotten all three through the Viterbi Career Fair in the …

The Alumni Network is real!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

When people talk about USC, they always seem to mention the strong alumni network, the Trojan Family. And it’s true! I got to experience it first hand last Friday, when a USC Alumni, Catherine Tang, gave me a tour of a company I would love to work for in the future, AECOM. AECOM does it all, architecture, construction, consulting, management, …

Seaside Adventures Around LA

Camila Salomon Gnecco Beach, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

One of the coolest things about exploring Los Angeles is that you never know what you’re going to run into. I am definitely a beach person, so on the weekends I tend to look for little beach escapes around Los Angeles. Most recently I’ve gone to Point Dume Beach and Santa Monica, and both of those times I ran into some unexpected …

This Summer I Fled to the Other Side of the World

Namita Prakash Free Time, Internship, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

I love Southern California. I really do. But if there’s one thing that makes me forget that love rather easily, it’s the heat. I’ve yet to spend more than a single boiling summer in the SoCal area, and this year has been no different. Every summer, my family and I make the impossible journey back to Bangalore, India, where we’d lived …

The Roommate Sitch: Is Going Random Really that Bad?

Namita Prakash Dorm, Housing 0 Comments

You’ve been admitted to USC, you’ve picked out where you want to live, and you’re really excited to come here. There’s one problem though—you’ve no idea what’s up with all those Facebook roommate search groups. Do you need to find a roommate yourself? Will you be doomed to a terrible roommate if you allow USC’s housing system to do its magic? The …

Summer in the Sun and Stars- Interning at Orbital ATK

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Nathan, Sports, Work 0 Comments

This summer has been crazy trying to fit in work, time with family, and time at the beach. After taking one week off to travel to Seattle, I started working a full time internship at Orbital ATK in my hometown of Goleta, CA, and I’ve absolutely loved it. If you don’t already know, Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense company …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work 0 Comments

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

Tracking the Old and Meeting the New: College Track Meets

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

In high school, I was super involved with my cross-country and track and field teams, and that’s how I met some of my best friends. Suffering through long practices every day is a great way to bond with people, so that’s why I was so excited to hear that a couple of my old teammates were coming to race at …

My 10 Favorite Memories from Rome

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Yesterday was my last day studying abroad in Rome with the Viterbi Overseas Program. The program has flown by far too fast but I’ve had an incredible past 7 weeks experiencing new cultures, making amazing friends, taking classes for my major and eating excessive amounts of pizza.   This has been a summer of so many wonderful memories, and here are just …

Hiking L.A.

Siena Applebaum Beach, Free Time, Hikes, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Hiking and camping were some of my favorite activities back home in Santa Barbara, so one of my biggest worries about moving to Los Angeles was that it would be hard to spend time in nature in such a big city. That turned out to be far from the truth; it’s surprisingly easy to spend time outdoors in LA. One …

More Studying, Less StuDYING

Siena Applebaum Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Although it may not be the most fun part, a significant portion of your time at college (especially as an engineering major) will be spent doing school work. Knowing some pretty and peaceful spots around campus can make doing that work so much more productive and enjoyable. Thankfully, USC is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous landscaping and perfect SoCal weather, so …